French: Pic à oreillons rouges German: Rotohrspecht Spanish: Pito orejirrojo
Subspecies and Distribution
B. p. pyrrhotis
(Hodgson, 1837) – Nepal E to SC China (S Sichuan, Yunnan), Laos and N Vietnam.
B. p. sinensis
(Rickett, 1897) – SE China (Guizhou and Guangxi E to Fujian).
B. p. annamensis
Kinnear, 1926 – highlands of S Vietnam.
B. p. hainanus
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1899) – Hainan.
B. p. cameroni
Robinson, 1928 – Peninsular Malaysia.
26·5–30 cm; 126–170 g (pyrrhotis), 100–102 g (cameroni). Male has dull brown crown, short crest and nape with variable rufous or... read more
Long, dry rattle of up to 30 “pit” elements, faster than rattles of B. rubiginosus, change... read more
Evergreen and mixed deciduous forest, and mixed bamboo forest, as found, for instance, in heavily... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of termites (Isoptera), ants, large larvae of wood-boring beetles, also various other insects; occasional berries. Normally... read more
Mar–Jun. Only described displays are crest-raising and wing-flicking when calling. Nest-hole is low down, at 1–4 m, excavated... read more
Records outside breeding season at elevations down to 50 m indicate some vertical movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, though locally common in parts of SE Asia; uncommon in China. Perhaps frequently overlooked as a result of its skulking habits,... read more
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